With autumn’s arrival, homeowners may be thinking about getting their houses ready for the winter. Consider the following weatherproofing projects.
- Install a new walkway and maintain current ones — fill in cracks before they worsen.
- Light up the path with low-voltage landscape lighting.
- Prep your lawn and start composting. According to This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook, grass roots continue to grow until the ground temperature dips to 40 degrees. Applying a high-phosphorus (12-25-12) mix can encourage roots so that the grass is greener in the spring.
- Freeze-proof exterior faucets.
- Maintain the front entry door by sealing leaks. Decorate the entry and be prepared for friends and family who visit over the holidays.
- Service the furnace and change out the filter.
- And since you’ll be spending more time indoors, maximize efficiency of rooms by utilizing storage solutions.